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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Kuna Kamaru: African Culture Festival

Kuna Kamaru: African Culture Festival

February 7, 2015

Celebrate the arts and cultures of Africa with us! Go on an adventure in our African Galleries with a scavenger hunt, weave your own Kente cloth, or sculpt an African pot! Enjoy authentic African food, music, and fashion, and cap off the fun with a family-friendly film!

First Thursday: After Hours at the BMA

First Thursday: After Hours at the BMA

February 5, 2015

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

5:30PM: The March Quilts // Drop-in community quilting session.
6PM: Gallery Talk // Small Treasures with Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. (must have exhibition ticket)
6PM: Lecture // Film and Folly with Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birmingham-Southern College David Resha, Ph.D.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw: Portraits
7PM: Film Screening // Tim’s Vermeer

Art & Conversation: Small Treasures: Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, and Their Contemporaries

February 5, 2015

This BMA special exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on a fascinating area of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art: small-scale paintings. The artists in this exhibit including Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, Rubens, and Van Dyck among others, used these miracles of painting, many of which are portraits, to put a face on their culture. Curator Robert Schindler talks about this special genre and both the incredible skill and diversity of these artists.

ArtBreak: Beer Vessel

ArtBreak: Beer Vessel

February 3, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D., who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Beer Vessel by the Zulu people of South Africa.

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Oscar’s Brunch

February 1, 2015

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries Opens

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries Opens

January 31, 2015

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries is the first exhibition to explore this little-known field of small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the exhibition brings together 40 small-scale oil paintings, most of which are no more than ten inches in height, by 28 artists who lived and worked in what is today the Netherlands and Belgium during the 17th century.

During the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish painting in the 17th century, artists demonstrated more than ever before a love for minute and precise detail by painting on a small scale. At the time, the incredible technical skills of artists were highly revered, creating a demand for small-scale portraits. These precious paintings played an important part of many artists’ practices but have historically been overlooked by scholars and museum exhibitions.

Drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States, Small Treasures features the small –scale work of the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art including Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring all of the exhibited paintings reproduced in full.

Small Treasures Members Opening and Reception

Small Treasures Members Opening and Reception

January 30, 2015

Small Paintings, Big Party!

Join us for an exclusive first look at our new exhibition, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries! Come see the first exhibition that explores small-format, seventeenth-century paintings by the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beer tasting, music, and cash bar.

Want to dress up like the star of the show? Wear your own red hat to celebrate Vermeer’s piece Girl with a Red Hat! Share your photos on social media for a chance to win prizes.

ArtBreak: Art and Medicine

ArtBreak: Art and Medicine

January 27, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Curator of the Alabama Museum of Health Professionals in Reynolds Historical Library Stephanie Rookis, who will discuss Art and Medicine.

ArtBreak: Designing Be

January 20, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by recent BFA graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Ali Garbutt, who will discuss Designing Be.

School of Beauty, School of Culture. Kerry James Marshall, 2012. Acrylic and glitter on unstretched canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by Elizabeth (Bibby) Smith, the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art, Jane Comer, the Sankofa Society, and general acquisition funds, 2012.57. © Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of Kerry James Marshall and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.

Decoding Black Art: School of Beauty, School of Culture: Representations of African American Culture in the Works of Kerry James Marshall

January 18, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence at the BMA for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

At this month’s Decoding Black Art talk, Kelli will lead a discussion on School of Beauty, School of Culture: Representations of African American Culture in the Works of Kerry James Marshall.

ArtBreak: From Selma to Montgomery: Flowing Towards Freedom and Stitching a New Story

ArtBreak: From Selma to Montgomery: Flowing Towards Freedom and Stitching a New Story

January 13, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Lillis Taylor, owner and principal designer at Tre Lilli who will discuss the March Quilts. Click here to learn more about the project.

Visually Impaired Program: Art Sleuth: Finding The People Who Disappeared

Visually Impaired Program: Art Sleuth: Finding The People Who Disappeared

January 10, 2015

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

For many years, archeologists were puzzled by the disappearance of the cliff-dwellers of the Mesa Verde and the people of Chaco Canyon. Recent discoveries have “found” these missing people through their distinctive art. Join master docent Janet Sanders for this tour!

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, January 5.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Art & Conversation: You Are What You Wear: African Apparel and Body Art

January 8, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

You Are What You Wear: African Apparel and Body Art

Clothing, hats, jewelry, and body adornment can communicate everything from ethnicity and marital status to ones occupation. Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D. explores the relationship between apparel and identity in African art.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

ArtBreak: Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon

January 6, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by BMA’s Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon by John Singer Sargent.

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Oscar’s Brunch

January 4, 2015

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.